THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERY WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE

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This year we thought instead of coming up with a generic list of gift giving ideas we would capitalize on the rich variety of women we have on our staff and have them share a few of their favorite things that would make perfect gifts for women with their unique areas of interest.

GIFT GUIDE FOR FOOD LOVERS

Lauren who joined us in 2015 has studied at the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy and worked in the restaurant industry as a chef; once the reality of the rigors of the restaurant business set-in she decided to switch gears and leave the culinary creativity for home. She offered up her gift suggestions that even the novice home chef or food lover will be delighted to receive.

ART INSPIRED CUSTOM KNIVES:
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This item is definitely a splurge, each knife is handmade and designed not only to work well but to be a work of art in and of itself. This is a dream gift for me but I have added it to my list for Santa.

Middleton Knives

THE WINE WAND:wine-wand-christmas-giftGenerally, if you love food you love wine; this rule definitely applies to me but I hate dealing with the allergic reaction I can sometimes have to sulfites and histamines in wine, a headache and stuffy nose can really rob this indulgence of its enjoyment. The Wine Wand allows you to enjoy your favorite wine with no down-side. This amazing filter aerates the wine, absorbs histamines and removes sulfites so you can enjoy every glass with no regrets. Pure genius!

Wine Wand

HEIRLOOM CUTTING BOARD:
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This item is also on the pricey side but I feel so inspired by its beauty every time I use it, definitely worth the splurge.

Heirloom Cutting Board

MCCONNELL’S ICE CREAM PINT-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB:
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Even the most experienced chef or home cook really doesn’t want to go through the effort to make ice cream, so this is the perfect treat. McConnell’s makes all of their ice cream in small batches with raw unpasteurized grass-grazed cows. All of their gourmet blends include raw, local, sustainable, organic ingredients.

Pint of The Month Club

STRAPLESS MAXI DRESS:
hale-bob-white-maxi-dressOne of the most important things when I am in the kitchen prepping food or entertaining guests is to look good and be comfortable. I love this simple strapless maxi dress by Hale Bob; I can move around easily, no worrying about flashing someone if I have to bend over to take something out of the oven and there is plenty of room if I decide to have a second helping of dessert.

Braxton Maxi Dress

SEXY LINGERIE:

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I like getting something personal and feminine from my significant other that makes me feel like I am still his babe. Personally I love wearing sexy lingerie under everything, even jeans and a sweatshirt, It just makes me feel like a woman.

Adore Me Noreh Bra and Panties

 

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOORSY WOMAN

Alexis is the outdoors woman of the group. When she is not working she spends her time training horses and teaching horse back riding lessons to the youth in her area. Here are a few of her favorite things.

SMITH OPTICS SERPICO SUNGLASSES:
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I am always in need of new sunglasses. Being outside all the time means lots of sun protection. I have had several pairs of these glasses they fit good and they last. A definite favorite.

Serpico Sunglasses

CUSTOM COWGIRL HAT:
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Cowgirls For Christ is a company I discovered last year at Cowboy Christmas. I got one of these last year and I absolutely love it. It provides great shade from the sun, fits great and is unique to me.

BOGS RAIN/SNOW BOOTS:
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I spend a lot of time in the mud and snow, a good pair of boots goes a long way. I love these because there are not laces so they are easy to slip on and off. They are dry, warm and cute; of course it is important to look cute even if you are cleaning out stalls.

Bogs Plaid Boots

STRETCH PONTE LEGGINGS:
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Let me just say, I love leggings! They are so comfortable and easy to move around in, you can dress them up or down, they fit nicely inside of a pair of riding boots and can be worn as riding britches. The Ponte fabric on these keeps them from stretching out so they hold their shape.

Ponte Leggings

CLASSIC COMFORTABLE UNDIES:

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Okay, so I know undies for Christmas is not usually high on the list or is the classic gift from grandma no, no but when they are this cute I think any woman would be happy to receive them.

Adore Me Rosalia Bralette and Panty

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE WORKING MOM

Hannah is our working mom in the group. As all working mom’s know finding the right work life balance is challenging to say the least. Below is her wish list this year. Oh hubby, are you listening?

SEND A MEAL:
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This company delivers gourmet meals right to your door. Having dinner covered every once in a while is at the top of my list for gifts I would love to receive because that means when the kiddos get home from school I could actually give them my undivided attention with homework or play a board game.

Send A Meal

PORTABLE PHOTO PRINTER:
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I love capturing moments on my phone but never get those photos printed and they end up staying in this supposedly smartphone instead of on my wall, so a photo printer that can print image directly from the phone is the perfect solution. Not to mention when we are at Grandma and Grandpa’s house I can live them with a printed photo of the kids on the spot.

Sprocket Photo Printer

HOME THERAPY:
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No not the psychological kind but I have to admit some days I feel like I need that as well. Some evenings I just need to wind down and I feel bad even thinking about going to the spa so this home spa retreat set is my choice, it definitely helps me keep my sanity.

Invigorating Retreat

CHARM BRACELET:
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I’m sentimental but not to big on crazy knick knack’s to remind me of special times with my family (dusting is not my favorite chore). Solution, I’ve always loved charm bracelets but have never felt great about purchasing one for myself because I’ve always felt that something like that should be a gift.
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LEATHER EMBOSSED SWEATSHIRT:
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I like being fashionable but with kids acticality and comfort normally come first, I love this sweatshirt because it is comfortable and the leather detail gives it that fashionable edge so I can wear it without looking frumpy.

Alma Embossed Sweatshirt
LUXURIOUS JAMMIES:

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With kids around lingerie is not really practical but I still want to feel feminine and sexy in a toned down sort of way, of course. I love this Adore Me Fallon knit jogger set, it is comfortable but still makes me feel really feminine.

Adore Me Fallon Jogger Set

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE STUDENT

Brittany is our student, still in the process of growing her young mind and deciding which PHD she is going to pursue. But she definitely knows her own mind when it comes to the perfect Christmas gift. Here are her selections.

BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH-CLUB:
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I love to read. I strongly believe that by reading regularly it keeps your mind fluid and very imaginative. Whether random articles about the fluctuation of bird populations in the Northwest of the United States, fun tips on how to be more energetic every day or a great mystery novel; you can never go wrong getting me a book. I love this book of the month club because you pick the genre and your interest and then a knew literary adventure shows up at your door once a month.

Book of The Month Club

FASHIONABLE SNUGGIE:
one-piece-jumpsuitWhat better to cover up under while you’re studying or reading than a One Piece? Especially when you are forced to sit at a desk, a One Piece is a sure way to keep your entire body warm and still have easy arm access. This is totally what I look like at my desk, LOL.

One Piece Onesie

PIZZA CUTTING PROTRACTOR:
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I am sure this is an amazing two-fer that is definitely a students dream!

Pizza Cutting Protractor

WACKY COFFEE MUGS:
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When I’m cuddled up at home I like to have coffee and it’s always nice having some sort of wacky mug to remind me of home. Another favorite; travel mugs they make staying awake during class a lot easier.

Wacky Mugs

THE PERFECT SWEATSHIRT:

 


This sweatshirt by Liberty Garden is perfect to wear to class or at home studying. You can look stylish while also being comfortable.

COMFY SLEEPWEAR:

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I can always use another pair of adorable PJ’s.

Adore Me Nicoletta Jammies

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE TRADITIONALIST

Ashley is our traditionalist of the group, she loves all things feminine, tailored and luxurious. Here is her Christmas Wish List.

CASHMERE INDULGENCE:
cashmere-scarf-glove-setMy Christmas List indulgence this year is a 100% Pure Cashmere Hat, Glove, Scarf set from Fisher’s Finery. I love Pure Cashmere; it is so soft and warm it gives you that sense of being snuggled up by the fire every time you put it on.

Cashmere Winter Set

AURA CONNECTED ALARM CLOCK:
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What I’m dreaming of for Christmas is a good night’s sleep, so on my Christmas List is the Aura Connected Alarm Clock. This little gadget provides the right light waves to promote a relaxing environment to induce sleep, along with sounds that can help soothe you to sleep. It can also be customized to your light and music preferences for a gentle wake-up experience.

Aura Connected Alarm Clock

MASSAGE ENVY GIFT CARD:
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One of the bests gifts I ever received was a massage. I had never done anything to pamper myself before and this was a novelty that I always considered outside my usual time and expense. However, once I did take advantage of this amazing gift, I was completely hooked. Thereafter, I made time and set aside the finance to make this special occasion part of my routine every few months. Each time I went in for pampering I felt more and more rested. An added perk is that I got to develop a friendship with my massage therapist.

Massage Envy

RUFFLE NECK BLOUSE:
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There is a revival of the ruffle neck blouse and my Christmas List is not immune to its attraction. I am in love with this trend as it lends femininity to what is usually a stiff, buttoned down tradition. So this year I am wishing for Ann Taylor’s Tie Neck Ruffle.

Tie Neck Ruffled Blouse

JACQUARD KNIT DRESS:
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This Hale Bob dress perfect for any occasion, it’s flattering, demure and a great transition piece.

Morgan Jacquard Knit Dress

TAILORED PAJAMA’S

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I confess, I am even traditional when it comes to P.J.’s. I love these because they are so soft and comfy; and honestly I think leaving something up to the imagination can be very sexy.

Adore Me Matilda Pajama Set

 

Well there you have it, some advice from the girl’s on  our staff here at Posh At Play. We hope you have found there suggestions helpful and will have some very pleased recipients of your generosity this Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ART OF DRESSING

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DRESSING YOUR TURKEY AND YOURSELF FOR THANKSGIVING
There are two crucial components no Thanksgiving dinner can do without; a perfectly appointed turkey and you; the hostess with the mostess. But juggling all of the shopping, decorating, cooking and entertaining can leave you feeling frazzled rather then thankful, especially after having to referee uncle Bob and aunt Jenny who feel they need to boldly share their political views with everyone in attendance. Never fear, with a few simple tips we can help you pull this event off with grace and panache. You will be the master of all the madness.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: THE TURKEY

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Before we can get our turkey dressed we have to get it cooked properly which can be stressful even if you are not a first time turkey preparer. Let’s take the stress out of this:
Tip 1 – Get your turkey the Monday before Thanksgiving, don’t wait, this will assure it has plenty of time to thaw properly if frozen.
Tip 2 – Once thawed or if using a fresh turkey let it set in the refrigerator uncovered for a couple of days before cooking. It sounds scary I know, but this will cause the juices to get pulled into the meat of the bird and dry the skin so it will become a beautiful picturesque brown just like all of those photos you see. Yes, it will look shriveled by the second day, DO NOT WORRY, after cooking it will look and taste fabulous.
Tip 3 – There must be at least 25 different ways to prepare a turkey, here are a couple of our favorites:
DRY-BRINED TURKEY
PERFECT ROAST TURKEY

Tip 4- We want the turkey as our centerpiece to look beautiful but just use what you already have; sprinkle around some hazelnuts, cranberries, clementine’s, a little greenery, even kale works, and you will have a work of art with very little expense and effort.

ADDRESSING THE DRESSING

I don’t know about you but for years I have wondered why some people call stuffing dressing. Thanks to this blog I actually took the time to do a little research and discovered that when your bread mixture actually is stuffed inside the turkey if is officially defined as stuffing, when it is prepared as a side dish separate from the turkey it is called dressing because you are using it to dress your plate. There you go, I feel smarter already. We can let our guests worry about “dressing their plates”, as a hostess our only responsibility is making sure the turkey is well dressed; both on the table if we plan to feature it as a centerpiece and then with our prepared side dish. No stuffing, thank you very much, it keeps the bird from cooking correctly, brings the risk of food borne illness and comes out goopy, yuck!
Try two of our favorite dressing recipes:

SAGE APPLE CRANBERRY DRESSING

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HERBED CORNBREAD DRESSING

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FOOD FRIENDLY FASHION

As a hostess or even a guest we all want to look stylish and pulled together in front of our family and friends but when you are going to be spending 80% of your time in the kitchen and juggling people, plates and pandemonium you need clothing that you feel comfortable in, otherwise you will find yourself feeling awkward and irritable which isn’t good for anyone involved. Here are our favorite tips fro stylizing some comfortable basics from your own closet. Find many of these items and more in our #blackfridaydeals at poshatplay.com, save 70% sitewide on your entire purchase with code BFF at check-out.

MAKE A STATEMENT

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A statement piece from your wardrobe is all that you need to take jeans, leggings or a simple monotone dress to a whole new level. What qualifies as a statement piece you ask? It is that item that hangs in your closet you just had to have but probably do not wear very often, example: fur vest, sequined anything, brightly colored jacket or shirt. This is one of those items that immediately draws attention to itself every time it is worn. Today is the day to give it a chance to “come out of the closet” and shine.

 

WHERE TO FIND:
Black Fur Vest
Button Down Denim Shirt
Black Leather Leggings
Black Jeans
Sequin Skirt

ELEVATE WITH ACCESSORIES

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No statement piece, no matter, you can also add some flair to one of your closet basics with thoughtfully chosen accessories. We are talking scarves, jewelry, belts, and shoes. We are including shoes here because believe it or not the right shoe can set off an otherwise boring outfit and give it new life. These are statement accessories that scream “look at me” so it is important to pair them with a toned down look.

No heels for this girl, when I need to move and get things done the last thing I want is to feel unsteady on my feet. All of these flats are comfortable without giving up one ounce of style.

WHERE TO FIND:
Lace-up Ballet Flats
Silver Sequined Flats
Leopard Print Flats
Gold Lame Flats

The great thing about a belt or scarf is that they can be thrown on over last minute so you are free to cook comfort and then can easily adorn yourself moments before company walks through the door.

WHERE TO FIND:
Silk Scarves
Leather Belt
Jewelry
Sweater Dress

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Regardless of what your plans are for Thanksgiving Day just remember the bottom line is not perfection but gratitude for all of the imperfect people we are surrounded by who make our lives rich by making us laugh, causing us to cry and teaching us how to love the often unlovable part in all of us. HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Posh At Play!

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LOTS OF LOVELY LEGGINGS

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Never since this years controversial debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has there been such a hotly debated topic as whether or not leggings are pants. The parties on each side of this controversy are passionate about their position but we are hoping through this post we can prove to the naysayers that leggings are indeed worthy of being placed in the category of pants. What I ask you is more comfortable to wear then a pair of leggings? They allow the ease of movement of a dress or skirt without the risk of being exposed. They provide the coverage of a jean or pant without feeling binding and restrictive on the body. There are days when I have thrown on a pair of leggings and a sweater and actually forgotten I have anything on (perhaps that’s just me). If styled well they can be dressed up or down and worn for literally any occasion.

This week we celebrate the legging (as pant) with a presentation of our favorite styles which enhance the basic legging with luxurious fabrics and unique flair.

THE LEATHER LEGGING
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Leather leggings elevate any style. They can make an outfit look sophisticated or just a little edgy depending on your personal styling. Some of our favorite combos for the leather legging are a beautiful oversized cashmere sweater with a pair of killer leopard print stilettos or dress them down with a cute army jacket, t-shirt and pair of motorcycle boots.

Vegan Leather Leggings:
Marlina Coated Leggings
Rugged Faux Leather Leggings
Kate Embossed Leggings

Black Leather Pants + Grey Sweater

THE SUEDE LEGGING

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Who doesn’t love suede? Suede always looks so rich, smooth and inviting like your favorite vanilla latte. It is almost impossible to resist reaching out and touching this fabric (albeit not always socially acceptable). To me suede equals luxury and it can be worn with everything from a t-shirt (instant chic) to a very tailored jacket with tall boots for the office but our favorite look is paired with a very romantic spun cotton and lace peasant blouse. Date night awaits, there is no way he can resist this look.

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Another derivation of this look is the classic suede patch leggings. A touch of the luxe without being to bold at work.

Sensational Suede Picks
Pascalla Suede Leggings
Joe Ivory Ultra Suede Leggings
Ivory Suede Patch Leggings

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CARGO PANT LEGGING
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At first thought these leggings may seem a little counter intuitive to the main point of what a legging is supposed to be; simple, streamlined, smooth and they can be a little more challenging to wear if you have wider hips but if paired properly with a light over-sized shirt or fitted jacket they can make for a great addition to your legging collection. WARNING: avoid any chunky, heavy, over-sized sweaters which can make the whole outfit look frumpy.

Leggings for the utilitarian:
Black Ponte Cargo Leggings
Silver Ponte Cargo Leggings
Rowan Cargo Skinnies

THE PRINTED LEGGING
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These might be the hardest leggings to pull off but they are soooo cute! You see them at the store, you can not resist the impulse buy and then you get home an wonder, now what? Where am I ever going to wear these? The key to pulling off the printed legging is making sure that the entire outfit does not get to busy. The best way to achieve this is with a simple, solid-colored top, avoid a lot of embellishment with jewelry or scarves, let your leggings speak for themselves and supply the pop of color and interest to your outfit without looking garish. Keep it simple!

Perfect printed leggings:
Floral Jersey Leggings
Purple Printed Leggings
Taylor Jersey Leggings

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So, showcase your legs a little this season and find the perfect comfort and fashion balance that best fits you. Because, we here at Posh At Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

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OLYMPICS 2016: GET INSPIRED

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The Olympic 2016 Games are upon us and it’s time to get to know the US athletes and be inspired by their dedication, enthusiasm, and patriotism. And why not take a few tips from our top athletes at the same time on how they maintain body and mental health, strength, and endurance.

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SIMONE BILES, WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Expected to bring home the gold, Simone Biles is set to dominate the women’s gymnastic competition this year. Raised by her grandparents, she’s always had a natural “spunk” and athletic ability, and now she’s ready to show the world her amazing talent. Not only must athletes stay mentally strong to handle the pressure, they must also maintain a balanced diet and exercise plan to allow their muscles full potential. At only 4’9″ and 105lbs, how does she maintain a strong, trim physique? On training as well as off season, she likes to stay disciplined with her diet with no greasy, salty, sugary or all-around heavy meals. She says,“Pre-workout I love drinking Core Power; it’s a recovery drink. And then a banana and peanut butter because bananas have potassium, which helps with muscle cramps. And then afterwards, I like having a good fish, like salmon, and rice and carrots.”

Check out our favorite healthy recipe that’ll keep you in tip top shape just like Simone:

Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce

What you’ll need:
3 1/2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 4 medium)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets

Directions:
(1) Preheat oven to 425°.
(2) Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium bowl.
(3) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Place fish, skin sides up, in pan; cook 2 minutes.
(4) Turn fish over; top with tomato mixture. Bring to a boil. Place pan in oven; bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

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KRISTIN ARMSTRONG, WOMEN’S CYCLING

No one knows dedication more than this year’s women’s cycling team. Comprised of 4 unique individuals, each of the US women is strong enough in their own right to medal. One to watch is 43-year-old Kristin Armstrong, already a 2 time Olympic medalist and favored to place at the Games. When asked why she would want to come back for her fourth Olympics after retiring she states, “Simply because I can.” But how does she balance work, career, and family? By maintaining an exercise regime, eating healthy, enjoying nature, and scheduling in quality time with her son and husband. You really CAN do it all; it’s just a matter of planning and maintaining a positive attitude. When you feel life start to bog you down, take our handy tips for relieving stress and regaining balance:

(1) Yoga: It combines the practices of several other stress management techniques such as breathing, meditation, imagery and movement, giving you a lot of benefit for the amount of time and energy required. Check your local listing for a Yoga studio near you.
(2) Breathing: Deep breathing is an easy stress reliever that has numerous benefits for the body, including relaxing muscles and quieting the mind. Breathing exercises are especially helpful because you can do them anywhere, and they work quickly so you can de-stress in a flash.
(3) Music: When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind.

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KERRI WALSH JENNINGS, BEACH VOLLEYBALL

One to watch this week is Kerri Walsh Jennings on the US Beach Volleyball Team. Gold medalist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, she seeks to regain her title and beat out the host country’s record 11 medal Olympic Beach Volleyball win. We’ll be rooting her on, but how does she keep those incredible abs and picture perfect tan? Says Kerri, “I do Pilates three times a week—twice in the studio and once on the beach, I lift weights twice a week, I do physical therapy, and I do brain training and meet with my sports psychiatrist, so I’m really taken care of from head to toe. I eat a lot of oatmeal and drink a lot of shakes—anything I can put in a cup and take with me!” On maintaining a picture perfect tan: “I’m a little bigger than normal and really pale! When you have a tan, everything seems a little tighter, so I’m a big fan of organic spray tans, like Chocolate Sun.” Check out our Facebook for a perfect DIY Tanning lotion you can use today to get Kerri’s sun kissed look.

Show off your tan with the perfect bright bold Summer bikini:
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded Bikini
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Lace Swimsuit
“Summertime” Coral Crochet Bikini

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U.S. WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Mix swimming, basketball, and soccer, toss in some wrestling for good measure, and you have a pretty good description of the exciting, fast-paced sport of water polo. The U.S. women’s water polo team is ranked No. 1 in the world and is considered the favorite to bring home the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. To watch water polo is to see a frenzy of churn and motion.

That’s what you see on the surface. What you don’t see are the players’ legs, circling constantly underwater. The players aren’t allowed to touch the bottom of the pool. They’re treading water the whole time, each leg circling in an opposite direction. It’s a motion that has an excellent name: eggbeater.

Just how do these women stay in shape to maintain that type of stamina? Take our three step exercise regime to stay “Olympic” ready:

(1) Jumping Jacks: Simple yet to the point, this exercise builds strength and stamina. Hold 3-5lb weights for extra muscle tone. Do 3 sets of 20 reps and build from there.
(2) Planks: Builds core strength and abdomen muscle tone. Descend onto elbows and hold body in a “plank” position for 1 minute, maintaining straight back and elongating neckline. Turn sideways onto right elbow, tucking left leg under right for a sideways “plank” extending left arm up, holding for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Repeat entire set 3x.
(3) Resistance Band: You will need an exercise resistance band. Secure band behind you by tying to a door or bar. Position body away from the band. Grab the band from behind and pull extending your arm as far in front of you as you can, maintaining a 90 degree angle with the elbow.
NOTE: Check out our Posh at Play Facebook Page for more exercises you can do.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Defeating New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, the US Women’s soccer team is already off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Up against the host country team favored to win, the US women will have an uphill battle to win but are confident based on camaraderie and team spirit. Get in the “game” and try a little one-on-one with a friend or family. Soccer is a great way to build stamina and coordination with the fast foot work and cardio, and you’ll have so much fun you will forget you are exercising.

Try out our favorite lightweight Summer shorts perfect for playing the game:
“Livia” Floral Printed Shorts
“Cari” Blue Crepe de Chine Shorts
“Summer” Coral Printed Viscose Crepe Shorts

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WOMEN’S SWIMMING TEAM

Veterans mixed with novices make up this year’s US Women’s Swimming Team. Ones to watch are Missy Franklin who scored 4 golds in 2012’s London Olympics and Katie Ledecky, who might just be the best swimmer in this year’s Rio Olympics. Though these athletes appear poised, calm, and confident, female swimmers talk about the pressures of basically being half naked your entire life and not fitting in with your peers at an early age.

Said five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin: “There’s so much that’s coming at you from so many different angles. You’re impressed upon really, really easily. When I was 13, I had size 13 feet. I was very different, and it made me stand out. It makes you feel a little uncomfortable when you’re so different from your peers — and from what you’re seeing.”

But these athletes used their differences in a positive way- something we can all learn from. That’s why we here at Posh at Play are always encouraging you to be YOU and embrace who you are from within, while wearing the fashion that expresses your individuality.

Be inspired by the bright colors of the Swimmer’s leggings with our top choices:
“Taylor” Bright Blue Patterned Leggings
“Fire” Red Printed Jersey Leggings
“Royal” Purple Patterned Leggings

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TEAM USA

And finally, how can YOU support our Olympic Team and feel a part of The Games? Why not show your Patriotic pride and wear red, white, and blue. While the athletes march in the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening donning custom made Ralph Lauren gear, shop your own “USA” wear here:
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Thompson” Skinny Jean
“Manic” White Cheeky Shorts
“Chain Reaction” Blue Washed Silk Jacket
“Kiss and Tell” Red Lace Tunic
Joe’s Jeans’ “Fifty Five Colors” Red Denim Shorts

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No matter which sport or which athlete is your favorite, show your patriotic pride for the good old USA by watching this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics. Cheer on your favorites and be inspired by our athletes’ dedication and passion.

And remember our mantra here at Posh at Play:
Be YOU, be fashionable, and always be feminine.

GET STYLED BY SUMMER’S FAVORITE “FANCY PANTS”

 

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This week, fashion critics and magazine editors worldwide are buzzing over iconic model Kate Moss’s latest “going out” style. It’s time to toss basic denim to the side, and take note of this Summer’s “fancy pant” trend.

Get the above look here
“Yana” Printed Jersey Pants
“Gretchen” Printed Palazzos 

On and off the runway, the model has consistently made fashion’s key looks her own by  putting a luxe spin on boho chic, elevating rock star style, and even giving a haute twist to girl-boss dressing. We admire her way of adapting trending fashion, making it suit her body, and putting her own unique style into it.

Rock Kate Moss’s look here:
“Margaux” Metallic Floral Cropped Capris

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TAILORED WIDE LEG PANTS

Take a cue from Kate Moss and forgo basic black in favor of pastels and bold colors this Summer. Turn heads like a star and shine bright in your own favorite color pants this season. We like cool coral wide leg pants offset by a lovely polka dot blouse, perfect for the office or business meetings. Carry your look to lunch with the girls by changing into your favorite ballerina flats, or chill at the pool by switching to sandals, a straw floppy hat, unbuttoning your blouse at the bottom and tying the ends for a loose “crop top” style.

Also try this pretty printed tailored style:
“Celeste” Crepe De Chine Printed Trousers

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RETRO 70’S TIE DYE PRINT

For the young at heart, why not throwback to vintage 70’s style with a pair of tie dye wide leg pants. With”Boho chic” trending this season, now is the perfect time to have a little fun with fashion. We like black and white printed wide leg pants paired with a flowy button down and strappy sandals for the perfect summer office look. Or, if you’re feeling a bit daring, go with a bright teal tie dye look over your favorite swimsuit on the way to the pool or beach. Get groovy and have a little throwback fun with your Summer style.

Go retro 70’s with these pants:
“Josefa” Black And White Tie Dye
“Sawyer” Teal Tie Dye

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LOVELY LACE

Our other favorite “Boho chic” style this Summer is lace crochet. From ponchos, to shorts, to blouses, to dresses, this is the perfect Season to feel free and fancy in lovely lace. Dressed up or dressed down, try out Summer’s lacy style with your own pair of white ivory lace crochet palazzo pants. To avoid clashing and too much “bulk”, be sure to offset your lace wide leg bottoms with a smooth, fitted top, accentuating a small waistline. You can dress up your lace pant style with a pretty pink satin draped top  and strappy sandals for nighttime dinner and dancing. However you choose to wear your lace, you are sure to bring a touch of romance to your summer fun.

Try these other lacy favorites as well:
“Sosanna”Black Lace Crochet Pants
“Ines”Grey Crepe De Chine Lace Pants
Black “Summer” Printed Lace Pants

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TROPICAL FLORAL

Life can move by at a frantic pace at times so take some time to stop and smell the roses. And while you’re relaxing, why not wear the pattern on pretty wide leg pants this Summer. Perfect for the beach, a trip to the pool, or “on holiday,” these comfy yet stylish floral pants are sure to become your favorite Summer wardrobe essential this season.

Other favorite floral prints to try:
“Lili” Crepe De Chine Pants
“Basia” Butterfly Beat Pants

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FLORAL FOR WORKOUTS

Summer is the perfect time to keep working on that “bikini body.” In addition to working out at your favorite gym, you can also take advantage of the nicer weather and take your exercise regime to the great outdoors. Enjoy and indulge in nature as you jog along the coastline, take a walk in the park, bike the trails, or hike the mountains. Toss your basic black to the side, and put a little fun into your workout wardrobe this Season with a pair of bold, floral leggings. And, when your routine is finished, simply trade out your sneakers with sandals and you are ready for all your favorite Summer activities.

Check out our favorite:
Coral Floral Pink Leggings

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PRINTED PANTSUIT

It’s not just models like Kate Moss that we can learn fashion ideas from. Superstar and singer Beyonce rocks a warm mustard colored tribal print jumpsuit, cropped at the cuffs for an updated Summer style. Get her similar look with a sleeveless patterned pantsuitWith such a lovely pattern, you don’t need a lot of accessories to complete your look. A simple pair of sunnies and your favorite sandals or heels will do. Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold this Summer.

Get a similar Look to Beyonce:
“Cierra” Tribal Print Jumpsuit

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CROPPED FLORALS

Jumpsuits aren’t your style? You can still get in on the floral trend with a pair of pretty floral patterned cropped pants. Perfect for any occasion casual to dressy, the cropped pant is also a fabulous transitional piece from Summer to Fall. Not only can you enjoy your cropped pants now paired with tanks and tees, but also take them into the chillier Season layered over your favorite sweaters and jackets.

In addition to our favorite mentioned above, try these too:
Printed Pink Floral Capris

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Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold this Summer with a pair of pretty pastel wide legs, lovely lace, tribal jumpsuit, or floral crop pants. Embrace the colors of the Season, from the softness of Pantone’s “quartz rose” color of the year, to Summer’s sunny yellow, to the romance of bright floral patterns. Store your denim and darker colors at the back of your closet for Summer and bring out the brights. Not only will you “feel” the fun of the Season, but you might also just brighten someone else’s day with your energetic spirit.

Try these bold favs:
“Psychedelic” Blue Printed Wide Leg Pants
“Briella” Bright Pink Printed Palazzos
“Reptile” Printed Lime Green Silk Pants

Whichever “fancy pants” choice you decide to try this Summer, always remember to
 be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

WEAR SPRING NOW!

 

bohemian-marie-claire2If you’re tired of the same old jeans and jacket outfit, don’t worry! You can start wearing your favorite Spring trends NOW. From Michael Kors to Naeem Khan to Gucci, flowy “Boho” is back in a big way this Season with flouncy floral print dresses, cropped wide leg pants, off-the-shoulder peasant tops, gladiator sandals, and floppy hats. Other trends include cropped tops, leggings, military jackets, peplum, and crochet shawls. We’ll show you how you can start to incorporate a little bit of Spring into your wardrobe now. Chilly or warm, workday or playtime, enjoy your favorite trends today.

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FLORAL DRESS AND MILITARY JACKET

No need to wait to bring out your favorite floral Springtime dress this year. Even if the weather proves too cold for your sheerest of dresses, there are many tips to stay warm against the elements without cramping your style. We like Hale Bob’s ruffled silk chiffon sundress contrasted with this Season’s trendy utilitarian military jacket, and accessorized with bright caged heels from Donald J Pliner and a neutral oversized handbag from Vince Camuto. Or start showing off your “beach body” curves with Hale Bob’s snug pink floral sheath dress paired with Jill Sander suede ankle booties when the weather is chilly and metallic triple strap sandals NEW from VANELi for warmer Spring days. Your military style jacket also looks great on your way to the office over the sleeveless jacquard floral dress from Hale Bob. From home to work to party time, go ahead and bring your flowery Springtime dress out to play.

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FLOUNCY FLUTTER DRESS AND CROPPED JACKET

Our second favorite dress and jacket combo is the fluttery flounce dress and cropped jacket look. Even if this year’s Easter proves rainy or cold, don’t let that stop you from wearing your favorite Springtime style. We like Hale Bob’s satin floral print silk sundress paired with the black Bolero jacket and black ultra suede leggings in case the weather is extra chilly. If the day becomes warmer, simply remove the leggings and swap out your heels for slip on wedge sandals from Jimmy Choo. You could also accessorize your look with a classic leather jacket as pictured above for a “rockin'” Spring style. Go neutral with Trouve’s classic black, Halogen’s pale pink cropped, or spice things up in Rag & Bone’s bright red. Whichever jacket style you choose, you’ll definitely be able to wear your flouncy Spring dress sooner rather than later this Season.

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MAXI DRESS AND SWEATER

Don’t leave your favorite maxi dress out of the mix either. With “Boho” trending now more than ever, it’s time to let your hair down and start feeling Summer’s carefree days to come. Start with Liberty Garden’s ivory embroidered strapless maxi and top with a simple ivory gauze button down also from Liberty Garden and flat gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff. On chilly days, stay warmer in Hale Bob’s ivory cropped jacket or Liberty Garden’s terry knit lace. If you’d rather go with some color, shop Posh at Play’s wide selection of Hale Bob print maxi dresses from colorful coral to bright green to rosy red. Perfect the “Boho” style by accessorizing your look with Free People’s straw wide brim hat, hobo bag from Elliot Lucca, and fringe sandals from Diane von Furstenberg. On Spring’s colder days, swap out the sandals for fringe booties from Sam Edelman, and layer with suede leggings from Hale Bob. Warm or cold, either way, you can start wearing Spring’s favorite “Boho”trend now.

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TURTLENECK LAYERING

Another favorite way we love to style the maxi dress for now is by layering a sleek turtleneck underneath. The key to pulling off this look is to be sure that the material of your top is super thin with no embellishments to prevent your silhouette from looking too bunchy or bulky. If needed, you can also add a cropped coat or leather jacket over your outfit for added warmth. Turn heads this Season in Hale Bob’s teal printed silk maxi paired with the black knit long sleeve turtleneck, buckled ankle booties from Free People, and shoulder strap purse from Zac Posen. You can also use the turtleneck to pair under other trending Springtime fashions like Hale Bob’s silk floral blouse, the off the shoulder velvet top, or Liberty Garden’s black sheer lace chiffon. This versatile turtleneck can even be topped with rompers like Liberty Garden’s lace trimmed twill shorts set or any of the tank dress selections from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden. Don’t let cold weather dampen your Spring style. Simply grab a turtleneck to keep you warm underneath your favorite Spring trends.

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CAMI AND SEQUINED CARDIGAN

Give your favorite snug winter sweater a Springtime update by pairing with a loose gauzy cami and lightweight skinny jeans or leggings. As the weather warms, you can tie the sweater around your waist for instant style. Grab Hale Bob’s grey sequin cardigan and top with AC Collection’s silver metallic skinny jeans and a rose quartz colored silk and lace tank, Pantone’s color of the year. We also like Hale Bob’s ivory silk tank with flounce or the mixed media flyaway cami from Liberty Garden accessorized with Hale Bob’s cool silver cargo leggings and glam round sunglasses from Tory Burch as seen across the runways this Season. Look ahead to warmer weather and start wearing your favorite flouncy tanks and camis now.

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SHORTS AND LEGGINGS

And lastly, what says “Summer” more than your favorite pair of shorts? Though the last of winter’s weather may leave your legs too chilly to wear alone, we’ll show you how you can still wear your favorite Seasonal style right now. Start with a pair of basic blue denim shorts and layer snug knit or suede leggings underneath, accessorizing with a cropped coat, oversized sweater, or wool scarf depending on how cold your climate is. We like Citizen’s of Humanity’s “distressed” denim shorts with Hale Bob’s matching ultra suede leggings , silk washed cami from Equipment, and Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a clean, streamlined look. Usher in Spring’s florals in flower print denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans paired over Hale Bob’s gray ultra suede leggings, cozy gray knit sweater from Shabby & Chic, and ankle booties from BP. If shorts are not quite your style, you might find Citizen’s of Humanity’s loose fit long denim shorts a more comfortable option, or if you are looking to take a few inches off your waistline, get AC Collection’s vintage high waisted denim. Whichever silhouette suits you best, you can start wearing your favorite Summer staple now.

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There’s no need to wait to wear all your favorite Spring and Summer trends. Go ahead and shop your favorite looks and use our layering tips to keep warm until the weather changes. If your city is still chilly, layer your outfit with your favorite winter jacket or overcoat and warm leggings or skinny jeans. If you happen to live in a warmer climate, forgo the leggings and skinny jeans and layer with lightweight fabrics to segue into cooler evening hours. Enjoy Spring today!

 

 

 

 

 

GREASE IS THE WORD: FLASHBACK TO FIFTIES STYLE

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Grease is STILL the word. Even if you didn’t catch FOX’s “Grease Live” last Sunday, you can still be inspired by one of this Season’s most popular throwback trends. From Louis Vitton’s “pink ladies” jackets to Marc Jacobs’ varsity-inspired coats to Oscar de la Renta’s pastel A-line skirts, designers this year are paying homage to the time period beloved by many. So what are you waiting for? Get “hopelessly devoted” to your favorite 50’s style trends updated for a new generation while still maintaining the nostalgia of the time period. Turn on the movie soundtrack or pop in a little Elvis, peruse our favorite finds, and pick one or all that’ll keep you “summer lovin'” all year long.

T-BIRDS LEATHER

If you have a little rebel in you, then you will relate to the story’s favorite “bad boy” Danny Zucko and the T-Bird gang. The great thing about this look is it’s simple yet sophisticated, and can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Start with a pair of black faux leather leggings from Hale Bob, your favorite comfy white Tee, and a cool black leather biker jacket from Topshop. On casual days, pair your look with classic Converse sneakers updated for 2016 with a wedge heel high top or simple velvet ballerina flats from Sam Edelman. For more formal events, accessorize your outfit with Vince Camuto’s asymmetrical heeled booties or Michael Kors’ kitten heel pumps, a popular style from the 1950’s. Complete your silhouette with retro cat eye sunglasses from BCBGMAXAZRIA and a box purse from Heather Offord. You could also update the look by substituting the predictable leather jacket with Liberty Garden’s faux leather long sleeve shirt with ruffles for a feminine touch. Everyday or special occasion, you can’t go wrong with a black leather outfit this Spring.

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PINK LADIES’ DENIM & LEATHER

Strut your style with ease this Season in a chic pairing of denim and leather a la the Pink Ladies. Grab the 50’s favorite pant silhouette and accessorize with a simple Tee, leather jacket, and cute ballerina flats. We like the dark blue super skinny jeans from Hudson or the Thompson cropped skinny jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. If you prefer color, go with Citizen of Humanity’s sea green skinnies, Hudson Jeans’ marsala or white leopard from Joe’s Jeans. No matter which color combo you choose, complete your look with Liberty Garden’s comfy loose ivory T shirt, Michael Kors’ black leather jacket, and leopard print ballerina flats from Salvatore Ferragamo. You can still wear your skinnies to dressier events by pairing with Liberty Garden’s tailored ivory button down and swapping the flats for classic black pumps from French Connection or Vince Camuto’s “Frenchie” ankle strap sandals. “Rule the school” this Spring in your very own chic Pink Ladies style.

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SANDY’S A LINE SILHOUETTE

With Springtime nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to try out this year’s pretty pastel pinks, blues, yellows, and greens. And what better way to usher in the Season than with a vintage A line shaped skirt or dress just like good girl Sandy. Update the 50’s styled skirt by adding trendy modern accessories like chunky booties or wedge heels and a crop top or fitted bodysuit. Segue from chilly winter into Spring’s warmth in Vince Camuto’s sea green faux suede A line skirt paired with a frilly leopard print top from Nanette Lepore or sleek black lace bodysuit from Hale Bob. Curl your locks and accessorize with ankle strap pumps NEW from the Kendall + Kylie collection, an elegant string of pearls from MyHabit, a studded leather clutch from Diane von Furstenberg and you are ready to hit the drive-in. For more formal affairs, sweep your hair into a high pony and don Hale Bob’s bright blue A line  or stick to basic black in the sleeveless color block dress topped with Free People’s cozy faux fur stole. “Hand jive” your way through the upcoming Season in a flattering A line silhouette perfect for any body type.

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RIZZO’S HIGH WAISTED SHORT SHORTS

If girly Sandy isn’t quite you, play with the boys this Spring in high waisted short shorts just like bad girl Rizzo. No matter what body shape you have, the high waisted silhouette is perfect for slimming your waistline, lengthening your legs, and providing the perfect combination of cool yet classy. Start with AC Collection’s deep blue high waisted stretch denim shorts paired with Lulu’s teal backless sweater or a black crochet silk cotton halter from Hale Bob for sunnier Spring days. Finish off your vintage 50’s look with a colorful scarf tied around your hair, Jimmy Choo crochet wedges, and a swipe of red lipstick from MAC. Carry your short shorts into the evening hours by topping with a frilly faux leather tank from Liberty Garden, cherry red peep toes pumps from Jessica Simpson, and Hale Bob’s blue rayon knit cardigan if it turns chilly. Casual or dressy, you’ll stay cool and slender in your own pair of high waisted shorts this Season.

VARSITY JACKETS

We can’t leave out the athletic teams that Danny joins in order to impress his love Sandy. From G-Star RAW to Marc Jacobs, designers are bringing back the 1950’s iconic coat for Spring and Summer 2016. Jump on the style trend this Season and pair with anything from your black leggings on the way to the gym to your denim mini to your maxi skirt for a evening on the town. Start with Opening Ceremony’s black and white varsity style jacket  over Hale Bob’s black cargo leggings , Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirt, and Nike’s NEW running sneaker. Swap your leggings and shoes for a denim mini from Mother  or AC Collection’s faded black pencil skirt and Topshop’s NEW black booties for lunch with the girls. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your varsity jacket with a blouse, Hale Bob’s black studded high low skirt, and ankle strap “Patti” heels from Sam Edelman. This season take Principal McGee’s advice:  “if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.”

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Whether you’re a “Sandy” or a “Pink Lady,” a “T Bird” or a “Rydell Ranger,” there’s a throwback fifties style you can try this Season.  You’re only a click away from shopping some of your favorite Grease-inspired outfits, from A line dresses to skinny jeans to high waisted shorts. Sure to keep you “rockin’ around the clock,” get to shopping the 50’s fashions today.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: TOP FASHION TRENDS FOR 2016

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As we head into a New Year, it is time to start looking at our favorite fashion styles trending on the runways for 2016. While some looks from 2015 are still with us such as Boho and vintage 70’s, designers are paving the way for new, bold fashion statements for this new Season. Take a look at our favorite fashion finds, and start your 2016 off with a brand new wardrobe.

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ROSE QUARTZ AND SERENITY BLUE

For the first time ever, the experts at Pantone announced not one but two “colors of the year” for 2016. Executive director Leatrice Eiseman states, “With our hectic lives and the frenzy around us, there is an increasing demand for tranquility. Wearing both of these hues at once is like returning to the weightlessness of your youth. The combination of a cool and warm color brings a sense of balance.” We couldn’t agree more which is why we list these two colors as our top favorite trend for this year. Keep it simple by pairing your favorite light blue jeans with a rose pink robe coat from Steve Madden, accessorized with matching pumps from Calvin Klein and a patent leather handbag from Ted Baker. Or, look for blouses, skirts, and dresses with the rose and blue colors combined into one pattern. We like Hale Bob’s long sleeve blue and pink tie dye shirt dress combined with Kristin Cavallari’s flats for daytime play or pair with Nina’s “Vinnie” crystal embellished ankle strap sandals to dance the night away. However you choose to style, “keep the peace” by including the rose quartz and serenity blue color combo into your daily wardrobe this year.

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ASYMMETRICAL HEMLINE

Taking a tip from model Gigi Hadid, our second favorite 2016 trend is the asymmetrical hemline. From blouses to skirts to chic hair bobs,  this Season it’s cool to leave the straight and narrow. Start with Liberty Garden’s black suede asymmetrical mini skirt paired with a crisp button down, layered ultra suede long sleeve sweatshirt, and black booties from Vince Camuto. Feel like a celebrity and get a similar look as Gigi’s pictured above in Hale Bob’s white studded maxi skirt topped with a cozy wool sweater from Free People and over-the-knee suede boots from Calvin Klein. You are sure to be the talk of the town this Season.

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COLD SHOULDER 

A third favorite trend that is having a revival for 2016 is the “cold shoulder” blouse. Characterized by a cut out top, this blouse style  accentuates the neck and shoulder line for a universally flattering fit on every figure and body type. We like Liberty Garden’s black and white lace trimmed tunic paired with Hale Bob’s black cotton eyelit shorts, suede booties from Cole Haan, and black floppy hat from Free People for true “Boho” style. Stay cool and collected this Spring in a printed cold shoulder blouse from Hale Bob, easily combined with your favorite skinny jeans, or keep some of “winter’s white” alive on your next evening out with Hale Bob’s white silk drop waist tunic. Forgo the basic blouse altogether and go with Hale Bob’s black chevron print drop shoulder dress, accessorized with T-strap sandals for the beach and Jimmy Choo chunky wedges for everyday glam. Beach or Boho. Daytime or Evening. You can’t go wrong with a cold shoulder outfit this Spring.

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 70’s DENIM

Another “revival” we are looking forward to trying this year is a throwback to the 70’s. From flare jeans to overalls to jackets, get groovy this Season in head-to-toe 70’s style. Start with a pair of AC Collection’s medium wash flare jeans and top with Current/Elliott’s denim short sleeve shirt and tan leather clogs from Kork-Ease. Go with a different look in Hudson Jeans’ denim jean shirt dress paired with fringe knee high boots from Isola and matching fringe tote from Elizabeth and James. If you are feeling daring this year, try one of the runways favorites this Season with a one piece denim overall outfit. We like the skinny cropped style from Current/Elliott or go full vintage 70’s in a pair of wide leg denim overalls from Free People. Whether or not you lived through the 1970’s, now is the perfect time to relive the iconic era in fashion.

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RUFFLES

Our last two favorite fashion finds for 2016 will bring out the “girly” side of you this Spring. After all, what’s wrong with showing a little feminine flare? From Balmain to Alexander McQueen , designers filled the runways this year with ruffles everywhere. Look for luscious ruffling on dresses and skirts like Lauren Conrad’s blush pink frock pictured above, or go with a more tailored style with ruffle trimmed blazer jackets and peplum tops. Get Lauren’s similar style with a pale pink ruffled dress from Black Halo paired with matching ruffled fringe strappy heels from BCBGMAXAZRIA and a vintage pearl white clutch from Monsoon, perfect for a garden party, lunch out with the girls, or date night on the town. Even if you prefer a more structured style, you can still get in on this Season’s ruffled look. Go with Hale Bob’s red and black peplum top accessorized with black leggings and suede booties, or spruce up your office wear style in a tailored ruffle front jacket from Calvin Klein. Frilly or fitted. Casual or dressy. No matter what your preference, be sure to get in on this Season’s feminine ruffle trim trend.

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ROSE PRINT

We know. We know. Florals for Spring- groundbreaking. But this Season, designers focused on just one floral pattern in particular. From Dolce & Gabbana to Oscar de la Renta to Michael Kors, everything is coming up roses this year. We like Hale Bob’s pink floral rose print sheath dress paired with delicate nude-colored ankle strap sandals from Stuart Weitzman to off set the bold patterning. Or go with just a touch in Erin Fetherston’s “English Rose” print fit and flare dress. Not just reserved for dresses, get in on the rose print trend with Karen Millen’s black and white rose print jumpsuit, or the breezy multicolor rose print chiffon top from Goat. You can even bring the roses’ romantic touch with you to the gym in Betsey Johnson’s rose print leggings. Show your feminine side and usher in Spring and Summer’s luscious , romantic fragrance with a rose patterned outfit this Season.

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We’ve listed our top fashion finds for 2016 so now it’s time to decide which look you will try. Will it be rose quartz and serenity blue color combo echoing the Sunset’s peaceful end of another day? Will you throwback to vintage 1970’s with flare denim and “Boho” accessories? Or will you get in touch with your romantic side this Season in a rose patterned fashion outfit? Whichever trend you choose to try this year, always remember to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

WINTER VACATION ESSENTIALS

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Whether packing for the holidays or for your anticipated Winter getaway, it’s time to start planning your travel fashion essentials. When deciding what to bring, keep in mind the climate and the activities you will engage in on your vacation. No matter where you plan to visit, be sure to include a warm scarf that can double as a blanket, moisturizing lip balm to keep smiles healthy, hand sanitizer to ward off illness, and a sturdy Tote that can also be used as a beach bag or carry all. Take a look at our helpful hints below on how to pack the perfect Winter wardrobe based on your final destination.

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FLORAL TUNIC DRESS

What better way to escape Winter’s chill this Season than a trip to the beach. Whether you are enjoying the Bahama islands or soaking up the sun in Miami, don’t forget to include a floral patterned tunic dress in your suitcase. We like Hale Bob’s coral floral cotton sateen dress paired over your favorite swimsuit, Badgley Mischka’s crystal embellished wedge sandals, Free People’s sea straw Boho hat, and chic cat eye sunglasses from Prada for daytime fun. Segue into the evening hours by whipping your hair up into a loose topknot, and accessorizing with Stuart Weitzman’s strappy heels and sparkling clutch from Loeffler Randall. Casual or dressy, the tunic dress is a “must have” for the beach.

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 IVORY BIKINI

Flattering on all skintones, we like an ivory colored swimsuit paired with loose, flowing wide leg pants for seaside style. Check out Hale Bob’s ivory lace crochet string bikini combined with the white lace trimmed wide leg pants. Or, match your swimsuit with crepe de chine wide leg pants with crochet from Hale Bob and a Flora Bella York crochet oversize tote. Simply throw on Hale Bob’s coral silk crinkle tunic and you are ready to lunch in style after a day catching some waves.

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FLORAL MAXI DRESS

Keeping with the tropical theme, be sure to also include a floral maxi dress in your travel wardrobe. Perfect thrown over your swimsuit or glammed up for a night on the town, the maxi dress is easily adaptable for all your planned trip activities. During the day, pair Hale Bob’s coral floral maxi dress with sandals, beach hat from Helen Kaminski, and an authentic handmade sea shell necklace. Style your romantic dinner for two by combining your maxi dress with strappy sandals and a “Garden” fringed shawl by Wildfox for breezy evening walks on the beach.

CRUISE

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SHORTS ROMPER

No need to pack a shirt and shorts separately. Save room in your suitcase and include a tropical romper in your packing this Season. A big trend on the runways this year, we like the tropical print romper from Tory Burch or go for a streamlined tailored look in Nicole Miller’s double breasted tuxedo shorts set. Whether you throw it over your swimsuit at the pool, pair with sandals as you tour the city, or combine with your favorite pair of dancing heels at night, the flattering and versatile romper is a key item to include on your cruise ship getaway.

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ELEGANT JUMPSUIT

Pack your bags and cast away in a chic jumpsuit, trending on this year’s runways from Versace to Elie Saab. Easily adaptable for casual days on shore or elegant dinners on board, the jumpsuit should definitely be included in your cruise ship luggage. We like Liberty Garden’s sleek black lace and twill pantsuit paired with flat sandals during the day and strappy heels at night. Or go colorful in Hale Bob’s tropical print jersey jumpsuit combined with Steve Madden’s lace-up ballerina flats and oversized tote bag from Michael Kors, suitable for any occasion on your getaway.

SKI SLOPES

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FUR OUTERWEAR

While most “snow bunnies” will be sporting their latest insulated outerwear, turn heads on the slopes in a cozy warm fur vest or coat. Layer Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest over Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve shirt, Hale Bob’s black mixed media leggings, waterproof booties, and cashmere stocking cap from Dolce & Gabbana. On evening dinners at the lodge, pair your vest with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve ivory mixed media sheath dress and black leather knee high boots from Ralph Lauren. However you choose to style, you are sure to stand out from among the crowd on this year’s ski vacation.

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WINTER OVERCOAT

Don’t forget to include your favorite snug overcoat amongst your packing for skiing this Season. We love this year’s trending winter white, a slightly ivory cream color to complement the winter season. Go with Helene Berman’s shaped wool blend coat paired with Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirtHudson’s “Nico” mid rise skinny jeans in black, and stylish waterproof “mixed media” boots from Santana Canada. Or, spread holiday cheer in a red wool sweater coat with rabbit trim from Hale Bob and forest green shirt waterproof boots from Bernando Footwear.

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SEQUIN COCKTAIL DRESS

As nighttime falls, and the evening winter festivities begin, shimmer and shine in your favorite sequined cocktail dress. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress or shimmy and shake in Hale Bob’s vintage 20’s black and blue beaded feather dress. Neither appeal to you? Take a look at our wide selection of sequin dress styles at our online store Posh at Play, one to suit any taste. in You can easily adapt your dress to accommodate the snowy weather by pairing with cozy black tights and your favorite matching black booties or heels. Cover up in your Winter Overcoat and you are ready to conquer the snowy slopes day or night.

CITY

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If you are vacationing in the big city this Winter, the key to staying versatile and adaptable to winter weather is layers, layers, layers. Whether dressing for lunch with the family or a romantic holiday dinner for 2, be sure to pack lots of layering options in your suitcase. To keep from looking too “puffy,” be sure to start with thin materials and work your way outward to bulkier fabrics. For an easy yet stylish daytime look, pair Hale Bob’s Melange turtleneck sweater in rust, navy or black with AC Collection’s dark wash high waist skinny jeans, navy wool coat from Kenneth Cole, and your favorite pair of knee high boots. For a trendy look, substitute a this Season’s favorite cape coat from Alice + Olivia and cozy navy ultra suede leggings from Hale Bob.

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SKIRT + SWEATER

No need to tuck away your favorite Summer skirt or dress. Take a tip from celebrity Olivia Palermo’s chic city look and pair your favorite skirt style with a chunky knit, warm leggings, and short heeled booties. Start with Liberty Garden’s ultra suede black patchwork skirt and layer with Tory Burch’s chunky ivory turtleneck pullover sweater, Topshop’s faux fur cozy peacoat, Hale Bob’s black ultra suede leggings,  and classic Christian Louboutin black booties as pictured above. On warmer days, forgo the leggings and coat, and layer with a snug wool scarf from rag & bone to ward off the brisk winter breeze.

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LINGERIE INSPIRED

 Hey you’re in the city, so what better time to be a bit daring and try one of Spring 2016’s trending styles. From Givenchy to Calvin Klein, Spring and Summer 2016’s runway previews were filled with “lingerie” inspired blouses, skirts, pants, and dresses. Get ahead of next year’s trend and start wearing the style today. Start with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace paired with Alice + Olivia’s embellished mini skirt, black tights, and Clarks Artisan’s comfy low heeled black pumps or trendy black platform mules from Calvin Klein. If the weather turns warm, forgo the tights and replace with a pair of strappy black heels from Sam Edelman. We also like Hale Bob’s delicate ivory embroidered long sleeve mesh dress or go long with the ivory stretch lace maxi dress with half slip.

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Whether you are vacationing to a warm climate like the beach or the Caribbean, or a chillier site like a ski resort or big city, we’ve got you covered. Take our handy fashion advice, and you are sure to stand out among the rest in style. No matter where you travel, be sure to include items that you can layer and intermix for a variety of looks with minimal baggage. Any last minute travel essentials you are missing? Check out our wide range of clothing items suitable for the islands to the mountains. Happy Holidays and safe travels to your winter getaway.

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RAIN, SLEET, SNOW OR SHINE: HOW TO STAY FASHIONABLE THROUGH WINTER WEATHER

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful”….. winter weather is upon. As many of us pack our bags and travel to see our loved ones this Season, it’s time to start thinking about winter weather fashion options. There is a way to stay stylish yet warm throughout whatever Mother Nature may throw our way this time of year. Rain, snow, sleet or shine, we’ve got you covered with our favorite cozy winter fashion finds. Grab your hot cocoa and cuddle up next to the fire as you peruse our favorites and start planning your holiday look this Season.

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CLASSIC BOUCLE COAT

Rain, snow, sleet or shine, one of our favorite “go to” jackets to fit any winter weather situation is the classic boucle coat. Popularized by the French designer Coco Chanel decades ago, the look is still on trend today. The word “Boucle” actually refers to material made from boucle yarn, looping several colors together to create an endless variety of designs and patterns. The great thing about this jacket is that it is easily adaptable for work or play, dress or casual. Try Guess’s powder pink double breasted Boucle coat paired with Hale Bob’s black stretch A line skirt and black satin blouse with lace for everyday work wear to the office. Segue into the evening hours and party the night away by combining your Boucle coat with a chic cocktail dress from Hale Bob. Choose from a wide selection to fit and flatter every figure and fashion taste found at our convenient online store Posh at Play.

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Your Boucle coat can go triple duty by pairing with your favorite jeans and sweater for everyday comfort and style. Try this year’s favorite cropped jean silhouette with Citizen’s of Humanity’s Dani dark wash skinny cropped jeans or go for flare in the Dylan wide leg cropped pant. Layer your look with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede sweatshirt or stay snug in the fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater. However you choose to style, you’ll definitely want to add the versatile Boucle coat to your wardrobe collection this Winter.

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COZY FUR VEST

Our second favorite chilly weather option is the fur vest. Easy to layer over a blouse or sweater by itself on warmer days or underneath a wool coat on cold winter days, be sure to add the fur vest to your closet this Season. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest paired with Hudson’s Nico mid rise super skinny jeans or try the Signature skinny jeans if you prefer black. Accessorize with Dooney & Bourke’s classic oversized leather tote,  Betsey Johnson’s heart pendant, and waterproof leather booties from Aquatalia, perfect for rainy or snowy Winter weather. If you’re feeling festive this Holiday Season, go with Hale Bob’s red rabbit fur vest instead. You are sure to spread some Christmas cheer in style.

Your fur vest can also carry you from the ski slopes to the office place. Rather than lug a heavy coat with you, top your fleece lined black leggings from Zella and cozy wool sweater from Free People with your fur vest and you ready to ski the day away. Impress your Boss and turn heads at the office by combining your favorite long sleeved shift dress with Hale Bob’s fur vest, black opaque striped tights from Elie Tahari, knee high suede boots from William Rast, and a crocodile embossed tote from Badgley Mischka. The fur vest is definitely a fashionable warm winter option to have with you this Season.

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THE PONCHO

With “Boho” still all the rage, it is no surprise that the poncho is one of this Season’s trendiest winter coat options. Updated for 2015, look for ponchos made with unusual materials such as lace from Free People and different patterns such as striped from Ralph Lauren. Or stay simple in Liberty Garden’s black faux suede trimmed lace poncho easily paired with your favorite jeans and boots for everyday wear or thrown over your favorite cocktail dress at your next holiday party.

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Get in on one of this Season’s top trends with the “poncho dress.” From Valentino to Chloe, designers are pushing the limits of how to style the classic poncho and are giving it a chic, updated look. We like Free People’s soft Toltec poncho dress or BB Dakota’s black burnout velvet dress for casual occasions. If you’ve been extra good this year, Santa might just spoil you with an elegant Valentino black flutter poncho dress, perfect for your dressier occasions. Or, you can simply grab your favorite knee length poncho and wear it solo on your next dinner date or holiday party.

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For extremely frigid climates, layering is the key to staying warm against the seasonal elements. Layering also works in warmer winter weather when the daytime is hot but nighttime brings in the chilly air. In cold temperatures, start with your favorite button down blouse like Hale Bob’s black velvet floral top paired with a gray lace pencil skirt with half slip. Layer with a gray wool sweater from Eileen Fisher, gray cable knit scarf from Phillip Lim, wool blend peacoat from Michael Kors, and knee high leather boots from designer Antonio Melani. For a different look, combine your layers over Hale Bob’s grey ultra suede leggings or AC Collection’s grey stretch skinny jeans. In warmer climates, forgo the heavy peacoat, and simply layer a blouse and sweater combo over your favorite pair of pants, accessorizing with a cozy scarf for nighttime chills. To keep from feeling like “Frosty the Snowman,” make sure you start with thinner fabrics underneath, and end with your heaviest fabric on top.

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LOOKING GOOD IN GALOSHES

Lastly, one of our favorite winter weather items that you can incorporate into your fashion wardrobe this holiday Season is the waterproof rain boot. From Tory Burch’s “equestrian” style to Hunter’s wedge to Santana Canada’s fur trimmed, tried and true galoshes get a facelift this Season with updated looks and unique styles. The girls will never know you are wearing waterproof rain shoes when you pair your Tory Burch boots with a red plaid shirt from Current/Elliot, black A line skirt from Hale Bob, and holiday red flare overcoat from Via Spiga on your next coffee date.

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For another wintery weather look, stay dry yet stylish in cute knee high plaid rain shoes from Burberry or go mid-size as featured above in “Cara” plaid lace up boots from Chooka. Pair with Hale Bob’s  black ultra suede leggings ,neutral fur trimmed cable knit sweaterand add your favorite plaid button down for extra warmth on chillier days. Don’t be afraid to incorporate galoshes into your wardrobe this Season. With this year’s updated looks, you’ll stay dry yet sleek in the newest rain boot styles.

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Rain, snow, sleet, or shine…..how will you fashion your winter wear this Season? Whether you choose to include new trendy items like the fur vest and poncho, or rely on updated versions of the tried and true Boucle coat and rainy day galoshes, there are smart ways you can stay warm yet fabulous throughout the holiday season. Stay ahead of the weather and get to planning your winter style by shopping your favorites today.

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